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Local Commentaries

In Normal Times, August Would Bring Tourists

In normal times, August would see Jamestown welcoming tourists from far and wide for the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Because of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s festival had to be cancelled. Hopefully, summer 2021 will see things return to normal on what will be the 70th ...

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural

In reflecting on the recent focus on race relations in the country, I thought it might be useful to revisit the words of our sixteenth President on the occasion of his Second Inaugural. It was gray and raining in Washington, D.C. on that March morning, 1865. Yet, crowds thronged around the ...

The New Normal Is Still Not Operational For Many

Over the last five months, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost every aspect of our lives and continues to affect us for the foreseeable future. Our daily routines have evolved to remote work environments, online school programs and even new ways to purchase groceries. Businesses and ...

CDC Adds To Consensus That School Reopening Is Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently confirmed what my fellow physicians and I have been saying for months: It’s both safe — and critically important — for children to return to school, in-person, this fall. Across the country, state and local officials have ...

Avoid Putting Off Bunion Surgery If Possible

PINE GROVE, Pa. — Immediately after emerging from bunion surgery, meeting new people isn’t atop most patients’ list. And it wouldn’t seem like wearing a surgical boot, which one does continually for about six weeks and transitionally afterward, could be a good way to meet ...

The Lake Is No Vaccine

A week or so ago, the county announced that there had been on one day 13 new COVID infections. That was quite a shock since our numbers had been relatively low up until then. Come to find out, some of those infections occurred on or before the Fourth of July, and the infected were primarily ...

Senator’s Ideas on Overhauling Military Justice Are Impractical

Over the last seven years, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has been a leading voice advocating for military justice reform. Her efforts, along with those of her Senate and House colleagues, led to important statutory and policy changes that have enhanced the military’s response to sexual ...

This Tax Day, Taxpayers Need Relief And Reform – Not Higher Rates

This upcoming Tax Day is a unique one, and not just because it’s well … in July. Taxpayers are busily filing and paying their taxes just four months before a presidential election that may radically shift the amount of taxes every American pays. Former Vice President and presumptive ...

From Ad Man To Tax Man

Writing TV commercials was fun but retirement would be heaven. I could do whatever I pleased. I’d get to spend weekday afternoons at Yankee Stadium with the sun shining down on the boys of summer. Then a new world appeared out of the green. I invested my profit-sharing in the stock market. ...

Should Each County Have One Senator?

Delegates to the 1787 constitutional convention were divided over how to apportion Congress. States with larger populations advocated basing representation on population. States with smaller populations feared this would allow states with larger populations to ...

Keep Statues As Reminder Of Our Not-So-Proud Times

Recently, I wrote an article about the peaceful civil rights demonstrations going on at Dow Park and of the very powerful sculptures located there built a few years ago called the “Underground Railroad Tableau,” created by a recently-deceased friend, David Poulin. In contrast, the ...

Those Using The ‘What About’ Argument Are Part Of The Problem

Racism in America usually takes two forms — direct and indirect. To be honest, I have helped perpetuate indirect, but unintentional, racism by enabling it through a lifetime of “white privilege”. I have stood on the sidelines and cheered on the racial justice movement, but did not really ...

Retire The Jamestown High School ‘Red Raider’

White-appropriated Native American imagery has no place in education or athletics. The Jamestown Justice Coalition agrees with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and fellow Jamestown residents of good conscience that there is no ...

Economic Growth And Prosperity Depends On Many Partners

How often do you hear people grumble that their community isn’t moving in the right direction? Claiming that things were so much better in the past? How often do any of them do something about it, other than to whine in letters to the editor or to gripe about it on social media? One ...

Readers’ Forum

We Need People to Stand Up For Our Country To The Reader’s Forum: Our forefathers forged a nation built on the idea that “all men are created equal” with endowed rights from their Creator. Churches, communities, businesses, families and individuals stand as testimonies to the ...

It’s Almost Doomsday For County Dems

Chautauqua County’s Democrats are in shambles. With five significant regional races taking place in this November’s election, the party appears to have no direction. It is without a consistent message, voice or face. It appears to be a lost cause. Norman Green, county party chairman, is ...

Stay On Message, Mr. President

Hon. Donald Trump The White House Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. President: During the spring and summer of 2016, it wasn’t clear who would win the 2016 general election. But in October and early November 2016, you largely followed excellent advice that you gave yourself at a rally late ...

Governor’s Reform Edict Is Not Just Wrong-Headed, It’s Unconstitutional

To the citizens of Chautauqua County: Many of you are aware that the governor has recently issued his 203rd Executive Order, this time directing all counties to reform their police agency — the Sheriff’s Office — or lose all state funding for all county programs. The Governor’s Order ...

Remembering The Fourth Of July

The Fourth of Julys that I remember most were when I was most isolated from our country— the three years I was in the Far East in the Navy, part of that time on patrol boats in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. You appreciate your country more when you are in a faraway place ...

It’s Time To Rebuild Police From The Ground Up

The killing of George Floyd ignited protests across the country demanding an end to what is perceived as institutional racism and systemic police brutality. Promises to implement new policies and pledges to hold police officers accountable fall from the lips of politicians. For all too brief ...